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by two facts. both george bush and michael dukakis said their selections of a running mate would reveal a lot about themselves. and based on the history since world war ii, there is almost a 50-50 chance that one of the two men here tonight will become president of the united states. the candidates are senator dan quayle, the republican nominee, and senator lloyd bentsen, the democratic nominee. [applause] >> for the next 90 minutes we will be questioning the candidates following a format designed and agreed to by representatives of the two campaigns. however, there are no restrictions on the questions that my colleagues and i may ask this evening. by prior agreement between the two candidates, the first question goes to senator quayle, and you have two minutes to respond. senator, you have been criticized, as we all know, for your decision to stay out of the vietnam war, for your poor academic record. but more troubling to some are some of the comments that have been made by people in your own party. just last week former secretary of state haig said that your pick was the dumbest call
, "time" magazine's michael scherer. it is 90 minutes. >> good morning and welcome to the new america foundation. my name is mark schmitte. --schmitt, and i am a senior fellow at the new america foundation. we have pulled together a good panel on what is really going on with money and politics in 2012. we call it "beyond sticker shock," because the idea is to get just the basic idea of that it is a big amount of money. when i first got involved in this issue of in 1996, i was working on the hill. i remember writing this whole session. that begins to seem like the line from dr. evil's demand for $1 million. we are going to do a couple of brief presentations and then an open ended presentation. the first will be michael scherer to give us the landscape of this. i will run their some of the questions we might want to be asking. we will do that pretty quickly. then we will be joined by trevor potter, katherine mangu-ward. many of us have known trevor for many years. katherine mangu-ward is a fellow here. hopefully in addition to moderating she will also provide some provocation which is a
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